HOOVER, Ala -- Former University of Michigan softball All-American Jordan Taylor and her USSSA Pride teammates won the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch championship on Saturday (Aug. 23) with a two-game sweep of the Akron Racers, including a come-from-behind 8-3 victory in the decisive second game at Hoover Met Stadium.
This marks the second year in a row that Taylor and the Orlando-based Pride have claimed the Cowles Cup, given to the winner of the league's championship series.
Although she did not appear in the championship series, Taylor picked up the save on Thursday (Aug. 21) in a 3-2 Pride win over the Pennsylvania Rebellion in the NPF semifinals to secure a spot in the finals. The hard-throwing righty struck out three in 1.2 innings of work.
For the season, Taylor appeared in 21 games tossing 36.2 innings. She was 3-for-3 in save opportunities and struck out 43 compared to 13 walks. She finished the season with an earned run average of 1.72 and WHIP of 1.23.
While at Michigan from 2008-11, Taylor earned three NFCA All-America second team nods (2008, 2010, 2011). After her fours wearing Maize and Blue, she ranked as the career U-M leader in nine pitching categories including wins (107), innings pitched (853.2), strikeouts (1,220) and no-hitters (eight). Taylor was also the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2010, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2008, and a three-time All-Big Ten selection (2008, 2010, 2011).
Upon leaving Michigan, Taylor pitched for Team USA in 2011 and 2012 and won back-to-back World Cup of Softball championships. She just concluded her third season in the NPF. Taylor is currently a volunteer assistant coach at Boston University.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski